Georgia’s coast is home to one of the busiest ports in the U.S. in the Port of Savannah (third or fourth busiest depending on where you are looking) but also some of the most unspoiled and best-preserved coastal ecosystems on the Atlantic coast. This is thanks to a number of reasons – robber baron interest in coastal getaways is a historical quirk that was hugely helpful to its preservation – but also the dedication of coastal residents and government advocates.

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources issues a report card on the state of the coastal ecosystem. This year’s score on the card was characterized as a “moderately good” 74 percent, a B on the DNR’s scale. The report measures a number of indicators that serve as keystones for the health of the coast, mostly animals like sea turtles, shrimp or bald eagles, but also bacteria and oxygen levels.   

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